Shinnie strike knocks Hibs

Inverness maintained the pressure on second-place Motherwell and

dented Hibernian’s top-six hopes with a 2-1 win at Easter Road.

Andrew Shinnie’s deflected second-half strike earned the points

after Leigh Griffiths had cancelled out Ross Draper’s well-taken

opener.

Hibs looked the brighter side in the early stages as Gary Deegan

tested Antonio Reguero before Eoin Doyle’s shot drifted just

wide.

Caley Thistle finally got a foothold in the game and went close

through Owain Tudor-Jones and Aaron Doran, but Hibs hit back as

Reguero denied Leigh Griffiths and Ryan McGivern hit the

side-netting.

But the visitors broke the deadlock three minutes after the

break when Draper latched onto Richie Foran’s pass and floated a

delightful chip over Ben Williams.

Reguero did well to keep out a Griffiths effort, but Hibs

equalised on 59 minutes as Deegan’s shot took a wild deflection off

Griffiths and found the net with Reguero wrong-footed.

However, Shinnie restored Caley Thistle’s lead six minutes

later, getting on the end of a Josh Meekings free-kick and steering

a composed finish past Williams.

McGivern fired wide from distance and Hibs forced a series of

corners in the closing minutes, but Inverness defended stoutly to

pick up their fifth away win of the season.